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ERIC Number: EJ828970
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0094-1956
Language Alternation in University Classrooms
Taha, T. A.
Journal of Instructional Psychology, v35 n4 p336-346 Dec 2008
This paper examines the alternate use of Arabic and English in the context of a university classroom, where a policy to use the former language in place of the latter was being implemented. Analysis of a sample of recorded university lectures of English and Arabic medium classes in sciences and humanities reveals that teachers use code switching, consciously and/or unconsciously, as a pedagogic resource and strategy to achieve a variety of communicative functions, including effective classroom interaction, topic change, and solidarity, among other functions. Hastiness in policy implementation without adequate planning or preparation also seemed to play a role in the translation of policy into actual classroom practice. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Sudan